Start a Business

Staffordshire: Home of Innovation & Enterprise

Whilst the county is home to many world-renowned brands and multiple billion pound start-ups, most of our businesses are small and medium enterprises. They are the lifeblood of our economy.

We want to harness the spirit of enterprise and innovation in smaller, knowledge-based companies. We are in a great position to do this and have a great location for lifestyle working, there is great potential to fuel an upsurge of entrepreneurialism and build on the intelligence, ideas and talent flowing through our county’s colleges and universities.

Finding a space for your business

With its competitive cost savings compared with other locations across the UK, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire is an ideal location to start your business. With excellent transport links the area lets you do business nationwide with ease.  Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire have a number of very affordable options throughout the region for small workplace requirements from the council run Enterprise Centres to privately owned serviced offices, you can check out Start-up Space here

Onoing support and advice

When starting a business it is good to seek the advice of people in the know. The Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce offers a five stage, award winning programmes designed for business start-ups which provides training, support, advice and potentially commercial investment. What’s more, the programme is fully funded! More details can be downloaded here or be found on the Chamber of Commerce’s website. The Chamber of Commerce also provides free start up guides and templates for anyone to use.

Funding your success

We can help you find out about small business loans and grants to help start up or grow your business. The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub, led by the county council as an accountable body on behalf of the LEP, has signposted over 4,000 businesses to advice and support.

To help make Staffordshire right for business we are running a number of funding schemes to help support businesses in Staffordshire to grow, including the:

For general grant and funding advice, contact the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Helpline on 0300 111 8002 or email businessenquiries@stokestaffslep.org.uk